Kolta in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kolta only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kolta community is distributed in the Balangir, Sambalpur and Sundargarh districts of Orissa. There are a number of gotras among the Kolta such as Balabhadra, Kashyapa, Bharadwaj and Ganesh. They use surnames such as Bhoi, Biswal, Padhan, Sahu and Samal.

The Kolta speak the Oriya language and use the Oriya script. They are also conversant with Hindi and Bengali. Their marriage rituals are performed at the bride's residence and the eldest son inherits authority in the family. Divorce and remarriages are allowed. The dead are cremated.

The Kolta are a land owning community who are mainly engaged in cultivation, cattle and goat rearing. Rice is their staple cereal. Some of them are teachers, engineers and doctors.

Social control is exercised by the community councils such as the Jati Sabha and Mahasabha. Traditionally they accept water and cooked food from the Brahman and Karan and accept only water from the Dumala and Gaudh. They share the same religious shrines with other communities.

The Koltas profess Hinduism and worship the gods namely, Ganesh, Lakshmi, Samaleswari, Patneswari and other deities. They observe the Chait Parab, Makara and Nuakhia festivals. They play musical instruments like Dhole or drum, Ektara or a string instrument and the flute.

Religion: Hindu

Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Pano people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* For the Christian media to reach and touch them through their regional forms and language.

Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Kolta
People Name in Country Kolta
Population in India 623,000
World Population 623,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Caulota, Kasbi Khelna, Khelda, Khelta, Kolota, Kuta, Kutamali
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Kolta
Ethnic Code CNN25l
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya (506,000) Chhattisgarhi (77,000) Hindi (37,000) Kui (5,400)
Malvi (1,800) Munda (700) Assamese (400) Kurux (400)
Bengali (400) Koda (200) Garhwali (100) Pengo (80)
Santhali (40) Ho (40) Kuvi (40) Mundari: Bhumij (20)
Kharia (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 506,000 Chhattisgarhi 77,000
Hindi 37,000 Kui 5,400
Malvi 1,800 Munda 700
Assamese 400 Kurux 400
Bengali 400 Koda 200
Garhwali 100 Pengo 80
Santhali 40 Ho 40
Kuvi 40 Mundari: Bhumij 20
Kharia 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Oriya
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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